FEDERAL HST LOAD MADE FOR SHORT-BARRELED GUNS
Though I like the power and track record of the .357 Magnum, I have to admit that in a short-barreled revolver, I’m more apt to load it with .38 Special +P ammo for both practice and carry as it’s much easier to control shot to shot.
The Federal Premium .38 Special +P 130-grain load is an especially good one. It’s unusual in that its hollowpoint bullet sits entirely within the shell case like a target wadcutter. But this load is definitely not a wadcutter, and it’s purported to dramatically expand reliably when fired from short-barreled handguns.
In firing it through the S&W Model 66, I noticed a significant reduction in muzzle flash compared to other loads I fired and it was very controllable in the K-frame snubbie. Another advantage is that I can use the same ammo when I’m carrying my J-frame Model 60 .38.